• Sep 15, 2009

MINI Coupe Concept and Roadster Concept - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Some automakers celebrate their birthdays with special editions. Some celebrate with big parties. Mini has celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Frankfurt Motor Show with not one, but two new performance-oriented models. Now that's more like it.

Okay, so they also unveiled a couple of special editions, called Camden and Mayfair. And they're throwing a little shindig at their show stand later on. But forget those for a minute and feast your eyes on the Coupe Concept and Roadster Concept. We've already brought you details on both, but the jubilant BMW division took the wraps – or rather, the cake – off the pair at a press conference here at the show. And while they were at it, they confirmed that both are headed for production, expanding the Mini line-up to no less than six models: hatch, cabrio, Clubman, the upcoming crossover and the Roadster and Coupe in question.

Whether the hounds-tooth interior on the Roadster makes it to production, however, remains to be seen. It'll take them a little while to gear up the Oxford factory, but given that both are essentially the same as the existing models below the belt-line, it shouldn't take all that long.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is one of those cars that has to be seen in person before it truly makes sense (or not). I'm a big fan of the Mini brand, but I have to admit I'm skeptical right now. Line the car up next to the standard Cooper, and you'll see that there is a lot of carryover -- wheelbase, key details like the black cladding around the wheel wells, and so on. Adding an air scoop (functional?) at the back of the door is interesting, but it's a minor note. The interrupted roofline on the Coupe shows they're at least trying to set off the design in uncharted ways. The execution is ... questionable.

      A lot of us Cooper owners are scratching our heads. I'm hoping that it will all come together, similar to the s-l-o-w rollout of the Clubman. Until then, can we get some interior shots?

      • 5 Years Ago
      I love Mini's, and if there was a dealer where I lived I would have bought one. But I don't really see the point of these, besides diluting the Mini brand.

      So these two will probably cost more than their comparable Hatch and Convertible counterparts. Not only that, but they are even less practical than a normal Mini. Aside from looks, which are sort of questionable with the Coupe, there is really no reason to get one of these over the normal Minis.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dunno, this becomes more or less a Miata like thing. Having both in the garage (well the Miata is at work with me) I don't think the Mini will make a very good Miata any more than a hatchback Miata would be a Mini. They are just so different, the two seat Mini just looses the appeal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ya... we know. Just like it was already reported on THIS car website. Shove off!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That Roadster looks nice, I wonder what the specs are.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't get the point....what the difference that makes these and better or worse than the regular mini cooper?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was going to say the same thing.
        I really don't understand why anyone would buy one of these cars instead of a standard Mini.

        BMW must have so much money they can't figure out how to spend it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        also, can someone from AB confirm that the coupe is a liftback (similar to the Scion tC), or is that really just a tiny, tiny, TINY trunk?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oops. Oh well.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      Leave it to BMW to come up with some crazy small niche that will probably in a few years be nonexistent. Instead of being avant garde why not make the Cooper better and figure out ways to increase your scales of economy like sharing a chassis with another small car company so that way you can be more profitable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Could just be the pics, but it looks like you have to be under 5'3" to fit in this roadster with the top up. Maybe even shorter. Not a car for claustraphobics....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just wish the windscreen rake wasn't so severe. It should be more straight up. Nothing like having a chunk of metal inches away from your forehead in a droptop.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the roofline of the coupe is just....no.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I really like both of them. Low center of gravity will aid handling and styling looks more aggressive.

        Way you guys need to think about it is if a customer walks into a Mini dealer and then he has option of not only engines, options, auto vs manual, but also body styles. Don't forget that Mini is a lifestyle brand therefore it gives a wide range of options who want a Mini vehicle.

        It's also about keeping Mini brand fresh, vibrant and alive. It would be silly to rely on just two-three models hatch, cabrio, clubman to bring in additional crowd. Plus it's the economies of scale which allow BMW to ramp up production, create job growth in this tough market and still be able to sell out all these models.

        At any given level, this is a good idea and I would love to drive the coupe. It looks great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those 2 are cuter than a pair of fluffy calico kittens playing with a ball of yarn in a field of dasies.
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